Canadian Training Module Layout

Intro Module: Understanding the Potential Impacts of Construction Activities

The purpose of this module to give an introduction to the CISEC and Canadian CISEC (CAN‐ CIESC) program as well as how construction activities can impact the environment.

Items for this module will include (but not limited to):

  • CISEC Program
  • Understanding the Potential Impacts of Construction Activities
  • Inspection Exercises

Module 1: Background of an Inspector

In this module, participants will learn the importance of what is recommended for an inspector’s background and how this will help them keep a site in compliance governmental requirements. In addition, participants will review an Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Report and Plan.

Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):
  • Definitions: Sediment vs. Erosion
  • Topographic Assessments: Reading a map
  • Hydrology: Hydrographs and sedigraphs
  • Water Quality Sampling
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Roles and Responsibilities of an Inspector
    • ESC Report and Plan
  • Purpose of Inspections
  • Inspection Reports
  • Documentation and Communication
  • Working with Contractors
  • Ethics: CISEC’s Code

Module 2: BMPs:

This module will provide the necessary tools for inspecting BMPs found on land development, vertical/big box construction, and linear projects. Participants will learn about inspecting installed sediment and erosion control measures, whether the BMPs are functioning in a correct manner, and assess BMP limitations. In addition, information will be provided on inspecting storage areas where potential pollution problems may occur and assessing whether new BMPs need to be added or whether existing structures can be removed.

Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):
  • Writing Inspection and Corrective Action Reports
  • Inspecting Commonly Found BMPs on Construction Sites:
  • Barriers
  • Sediment Containment Systems
  • Stabilized Construction Entrances
  • Polymers
  • Erosion Control BMPs
  • Inspecting Other Important BMPs:
  • Wind Erosion BMPs
  • Concrete Washouts
  • Hazardous Waste Sites

Module 3: Regulations and Compliance

The purpose of this module is to ensure inspectors understand regulatory agencies and applicable legislation as it relates to the protection of aquatic environments. Additionally, it provides information on the potential penalties that exist for non‐compliance of construction sites.

Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):
  • Due Diligence
  • Regulatory Requirements: Federal and Provincial (where applicable)
  • Environmental Protection
  • Legal Liability
  • Non‐Compliance

Module 4: Conducting Construction Site Inspections

This module covers the basic duties of an inspector by conducting a “virtual” tour of a construction site. Participants will reinforce their role and responsibilities as inspectors to meet regulatory requirements. The module will include “hands‐on” exercises on documenting, communicating, reading ESC Reports and Plans, writing reports, interacting with fellow participants, and assessing what to look for on a construction site.

Items for this Module will include (but not limited to):
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Inspection Reports
  • Conducting “Virtual” Site Inspections:
  • Before Construction and During Grading
  • During Construction